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Oral Literature in Africa (2012)

Author: Ruth Finnegan
Keywords: African literature; Folk literature; African Folk literature; African History and criticism; African Literary Criticism; Africa Oral tradition; Africa Social Science; Folklore & Mythology,Limba, Sierra Leone , Unglued
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Year: 2012
Collection: opensource


Ruth Finnegan’s Oral Literature in Africa was first published in 1970, and

since then has been widely praised as one of the most important books in

its field. Based on years of fieldwork, the study traces the history of

storytelling across the continent of Africa.

This revised edition makes Finnegan’s ground-breaking research available

to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction,

additional images and an updated bibliography, as well as its original

chapters on poetry, prose, "drum language” and drama, and an overview of

the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in


This volume is complemented by original recordings of stories and songs

from the Limba country (Sierra Leone), collected by Finnegan during her

fieldwork in the late 1960s, which are freely accessible here.

The book is available as a free pdf and ebook download thanks to the

generous support of interested readers and organisations, who made

donations using the crowd-funding website unglue.it.

Oral Literature in Africa is part of the World Oral Literature Series

published in conjunction with the World Oral Literature Project.

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